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« Reply #120 on: Feb 18, 2014, 02:05PM »

I have purchased a number of instruments/parts from forum members.  All those transactions went very well.

Buying from eBay was not as good, but I never got really burned on anything.
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« Reply #121 on: May 18, 2014, 09:35AM »

nubie flea market  freedy       hasnt read  this thread yet
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« Reply #122 on: May 18, 2014, 06:34PM »

Yes.  I have done it many times, and it usually worked out alright.
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« Reply #123 on: May 19, 2014, 01:12PM »

another attempt     got a  kodak ez  share    almost like the 8th grade girl  that  made it look so  ez
  over here --so i get the camera  --icon --nothin   
hours of   frustration 
   she comes back  --he  cam    shows CANON  ???????????????? on the computer
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« Reply #124 on: May 19, 2014, 02:53PM »

another attempt     got a  kodak ez  share    almost like the 8th grade girl  that  made it look so  ez
  over here --so i get the camera  --icon --nothin   
hours of   frustration 
   she comes back  --he  cam    shows CANON  ???????????????? on the computer
 now attempting    android       pics    and pulling chip etc
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Interesting.  I have a Kodak EZ Share 7 Megapixel (712? 710?).  Reminded me of my old SLR.  Lotsa features but lousy battery life.

Plugged it into my Windoze XP computer through the USB port and it offered to download all the pictures into a folder (not Canon).  Works great except that the pictures in native format are not allowed into my TTF gallery; I have to convert them to JPGs and reduce the pixel resolution.  Haven't had an opportunity to plug it into my Windoze 7 machine yet.
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« Reply #125 on: May 20, 2014, 02:08AM »

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Interesting.  I have a Kodak EZ Share 7 Megapixel (712? 710?).  Reminded me of my old SLR.  Lotsa features but lousy battery life.

Plugged it into my Windoze XP computer through the USB port and it offered to download all the pictures into a folder (not Canon).  Works great except that the pictures in native format are not allowed into my TTF gallery; I have to convert them to JPGs and reduce the pixel resolution.  Haven't had an opportunity to plug it into my Windoze 7 machine yet.
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« Reply #126 on: Jun 15, 2014, 06:03AM »

We did buy a Yamaha Xeno. Without seeing it or trying from a very respected seller on here. It worked out very well. My son has been playing it for two years and everything is great. It did arrive with a gouge on the bell that I wasn't expecting. (Must have happened in shipping)But it looks almost exactly like his friends' and we paid about half the price. It plays perfectly. We were able to get it fixed for $100.00 and it looked about 97-98% new. It worked out well for us. But if you are burned you would feel dumb for a long time. I guess I would say buy from someone with a good reputation.
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« Reply #127 on: Nov 09, 2014, 07:15AM »

Probably not. I'm very particular on my horns so unless it was the right one from the right person, I just don't think I would.
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« Reply #128 on: Nov 09, 2014, 03:01PM »

I have bought 4 bass trombones without trying them first. 1 from a forum member, 3 from reputable dealers. Haven't had any problems but I ask a lot of questions before buying.  Stores usually charge considerably more, and individuals are often far away.  You do take a chance but if you have good intuition and trust the person you are dealing with, you are probably OK.
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« Reply #129 on: Nov 09, 2014, 07:38PM »

i do it all the time  !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #130 on: Nov 14, 2014, 03:44AM »

Yes.  I have often done so, but not without talking to the seller -- sometimes more than once. 

I have bought a few pieces of scrap metal over the years, but I have also  bought several fabulous pro horns for peanuts sight unseen.

I put more stock in a conversation with the seller than in a blurry image anyway.   I find it easy to discern the likelihood of a happy transaction by talking to the seller and asking several questions about the horns condition and lineage.  When I look back on the bad buys there was always a subconscious red flag hovering over the conversation. The trick for me is to learn to trust my instincts about the seller.

It takes a lot of work to find those fantastic horns that are just taking up valuable closet space, but the rewards from finding one make it worth the effort.
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« Reply #131 on: Oct 30, 2015, 02:45PM »

I have bought three horns without seeing or playing them.  I have however at least seen pictures.  The first one was a Pbone which I re-sold for what I paid for it quite quickly.  The second was a Yamaha YSL-354 so I could have an identical horn at the cottage which is water access only. It was actually newer than my first, ex-rental Yamaha

The third was a Conn 4H bell and Yamaha slide combo.  The Conn bell is super light!  It makes the Yamaha slide feel quite heavy.  I`m finding this a difficult horn to get a consistent, mellow sound from, compare to the Yamaha.  Hopefully as I improve, I`ll grow into it.

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« Reply #132 on: Oct 30, 2015, 09:37PM »

Lee,
If you bought that trombone(Conn 4H bell with a Yamaha slide) from Dillon's I know of its origins.  PM if this is true.
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« Reply #133 on: Oct 16, 2016, 04:57AM »

I bought all my trombones on eBay without looking at them in-person beforehand (I obviously looked at the photos).  They are all great trombones, and were totally worth it.  :D
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« Reply #134 on: Oct 20, 2016, 08:08AM »

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« Reply #135 on: Oct 20, 2016, 08:24AM »

I bought all my trombones on eBay without looking at them in-person beforehand (I obviously looked at the photos).  They are all great trombones, and were totally worth it.  :D

Same here.  I've bought four trombones and a trumpet on eBay and have had no complaints about any of them.
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« Reply #136 on: Nov 17, 2016, 10:15AM »

I've had mixed experiences with buying sight-unseen. I bought a Conn 88H for a good price off of ebay and I've had a great time playing it. I also picked up a 1911 York & Sons trombone that happened to have a hole in the inner slide, so that was a bit of a heart breaker.
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« Reply #137 on: Dec 04, 2016, 07:36AM »

No, no, no, please no, do not buy an instrument without seeing it.

If you know the seller and they are trustworthy, buy at your own risk, but if you don't, don't take any chances. I bought a saxophone that I hadn't seen about one or two years back and it turned out to have this part of it that controls the octave it plays broken, and now I'm playing the trombone, so...  Don't know
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« Reply #138 on: Dec 04, 2016, 07:56AM »

and now I'm playing the trombone, so...  Don't know

So your story has a happy ending!!!!   Good!
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« Reply #139 on: Dec 06, 2016, 08:52AM »

Depends on the brand
I'd probably buy one from Yamaha because they are consistent
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